Patently-O Bits & Bytes by Lawrence Higgins

New Patent Search Tool

  • ArchPatent is a brand new, free-to-use patent search resource that went live to the public on October 11th with US patents extending back to 1920. ArchPatent will be supported mainly by ad revenue. It was developed with the help of many PatenlyO readers, by aerospace engineers, and managers who specialize in data analysis and management. One of Arch PatentFounders, Brad Chassee indicated, "This tool was developed for those frustrated with the difficulty of using existing patent search tools. By providing simple yet powerful filtering tools, ArchPatent can drastically reduce search times, and our intuitive workspace functionality can greatly simplify larger, more complex search tasks." Many new features suggested by users are in the works for integration in future releases include: collaborative workspaces, matching of search terms within a single claim, filtering and advanced processing based on patents referenced and in-page PDF display. [Link]

Barnes & Noble Complains about Microsoft

  • Barnes & Noble wants the DOJ to go after Microsoft because of their licensing tactics. Barnes & Noble asked the DOJ to investigate Microsoft for using patents to keep new players out of the market. It seems that Microsoft may have asked Barnes & Noble, maker of the Android powered Nook, to enter into license agreement. Barnes & Noble said in a letter to the DOJ that "Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals' costs in order to drive out competition and to deter innovation in mobile devices." Microsoft is accusing Barnes & Noble of infringing 5 patents and Microsoft has filed a complaint with the ITC. Barnes & Noble claims that when they asked Microsoft for more detailed information related to these patents, Microsoft refused, claiming that the information was confidential and could not be shared, unless Barnes & Noble first executed a nondisclosure agreement. [Link] [Link]

Book Review

  • I recently received a free copy of "Patent Professional's Handbook: A Training Tool for Administrative Staff," it is a book geared toward administrative staff/non-attorneys to give them an overview of what steps are involved in patent prosecution. The book starts with an explanation of patent basics and moves on to explain how to do business electronically with the USPTO. There are sections on establishing user accounts and accessing the USPTO's patent information website. The book includes numerous screen images to help the reader understand how to navigate the PTO website. The book is very easily understandable and gives step-by-step instructions on what needs to be done when communicating with the USPTO. This is the first book on the market addressed directly to non-attorneys and does not give any legal advice. This would be a great beginner book for individuals that want to be involved in the patent world in an administrative role or individuals that are currently in an administrative role as a go to guide. The author of the book is Susan Stiles; she has been a Legal Assistant for more than 25 years, with 19 years experience in IP. [Link]

Patent Jobs:

  • Shuffle Master Inc. is looking for IP counsel with a minimum of 5 years of experience and an engineering background. [Link]
  • Myers Wolin is seeking a patent attorney with 3-5 years of experience and a degree in electrical engineering. [Link]
  • Cantor Colburn is seeking an associate patent attorney with 3-5 years of experience and a degree in electrical engineering. [Link]
  • Toler Law Group is searching for patent attorneys with a degree in EE, CE, or CS. [Link]
  • Cesari and McKenna is looking for patent attorney with 2-4 years of experience and a degree in EE, CS, or related area of technology. [Link]
  • Sandia National Laboratories is searching for patent assistants with experience working with USPTO rules. [Link]
  • Baker & Daniels is seeking a patent agent with a degree in EE or CS and patent experience to work in their Chicago office. [Link]
  • The Storella Law Group is searching for a contract patent attorney or agent with a background in biotechnology. [Link]
  • DIRECTV is seeking a senior patent analysis counsel with 6 or more years of experience in patent law. [Link]
  • Wells St. John PS is looking for a patent attorney with 4+ years of experience in all aspects of IP. [Link]
  • Harrity & Harrity is seeking a patent attorney with 2+ years of experience as a patent associate, agent, or examiner. [Link]
  • Baker & Daniels is searching for an IP associate with 2-4 years of experience and a degree in EE or CS to work in their Indianapolis office. [Link]
  • Skiermont Puckett is seeking 1 or more attorneys with 3 or more years of experience in a technical degree. [Link]
  • Guntin Meles & Gust is searching for patent attorneys with 2+ years of experience and a degree in EE or CE. [Link]

Upcoming Events:

  • World Research Group, an official Patently-O Jobs sponsor, is hosting the 3rd Annual Social TechNet Intellectual Property Forum Nov. 16-17 in New York. This conference provides solutions to the most prevalent in-house software and online IP protection and management issues. (Patently-O readers can save $200 by using promo code ABY668) [Link]
  • IBC will hold a Standards and Patents Conference in London on November 16th & 17th. The conference will analyze the interplay between standards, intellectual property and competition law. There will be 28 speakers representing various organizations, such as, the European Commission, Mr. Justice Floyd, IBM, Qualcomm Europe, Nokia, GE Healthcare and Intel. (Patently-O readers receive a 10% discount) [Link]
  • Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery will hold a free webinar, "The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: A Further Look into First-to-File," presented by Jeffrey Chelstrom on November 17th at 12:00 noon EST. The webinar will review and discuss many topics such as: the "effective filing date" of a patent application, changes to Section 102 and Section 103. New definitions to prior art, and many more topics. [Link]
  • On Friday, November 18, the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law will host the Fifth Annual Evil Twin Debate, featuring Professor Daniel Crane of University of Michigan Law School and Professor Michael Carrier of Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. The Evil Twin Debate series is founded on the notion that experts are often at loggerheads on important issues of IP policy, yet remain friendly on a personal level. The series therefore brings together pairs of scholars who disagree on an important IP topic, but who can air their disagreements in a friendly exchange — serious in substance but lighthearted in tone. [Link]
  • IBC will hold a US Patent Reform Congress Conference on November 18th in London. The conference will focus in the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents for the European practitioner, with expertise from the EPO, AIPLA, USPTO and more. (Patently-O readers receive a 10% discount) [Link]
  • Indiana University School of Law's Center for IP Law and Innovation will hold "The America Invents Act: Patent Law's New Lease on Life" symposium on December 2nd. Speakers include a legendary patent law jurist, patent reform leaders, chief corporate patent counsel, leading practitioners and scholars, as well as the PTO's Patent Reform Coordinator. [Link]
  • The American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Forum on: Paragraph IV Disputes will be held in San Francisco on December 7th. Experienced faculty of renowned litigators and judges will guide attendees through every stage of a Paragraph IV challenge to help them formulate offensive moves and defensive plays. (Patently-O readers can receive a discount by registering with code PO 200) [Link]
  • IBC Legal is holding a conference on International Patent Litigation 2011 in London on December 7th-8th. Use VIP Code FKW82249PO to get a 10% discount. [Link]
  • The WSBA IP Section, WSPLA, IEEE IP Professional Initiative, and the University of Washington School of Law's Law, Technology & Arts Group will be presenting an all-day CLE at the University of Washington School of Law on Friday, December 9, 2011 on the impacts of the America Invents Act.

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    “patent reform”

    “This is not a patent reform bill” Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) complained, despite other democrats praising the overhaul. “This is a big corporation patent giveaway that tramples on the right of small inventors.”

    Senator Cantwell is right. Just because they call it “reform” doesn’t mean it is. The agents of banks, huge multinationals, and China are at it again trying to brain wash and bankrupt America.

    They should have called the bill the America STOPS Inventing Act or ASIA, because that’s where it is sending all our jobs.

    The patent bill is nothing less than another monumental federal giveaway for banks, huge multinationals, and China and an off shoring job killing nightmare for America. Even the leading patent expert in China has stated the bill will help them steal our inventions. Who are the supporters of this bill working for??

    Patent reform is a fraud on America. This bill will not do what they claim it will. What it will do is help large multinational corporations maintain their monopolies by robbing and killing their small entity and startup competitors (so it will do exactly what the large multinationals paid for) and with them the jobs they would have created. The bill will make it harder and more expensive for small firms to get and enforce their patents. Without patents we cant get funded. Yet small entities create the lion’s share of new jobs. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs. Those wishing to help fight this bill should contact us as below.

    Small entities and inventors have been given far too little voice on this bill when one considers that they rely far more heavily on the patent system than do large firms who can control their markets by their size alone. The smaller the firm, the more they rely on patents -especially startups and individual inventors. Congress tinkering with patent law while gagging inventors is like a surgeon operating before examining the patient.

    Please see link to for a different/opposing view on patent reform.
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